Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Third Annual Legal Eagles Closing Argument Competition

This one-day competition is open to all associates who practice in the 11th Judicial Circuit and have been admitted to the Florida Bar for less than seven years. Competitors will be judged by panels that include sitting judges and experienced practicing lawyers.

Competitors will receive facts and materials on June 12 at an invitation-only Competition Launch Party for judges, competitors and sponsors hosted by Bilzin Sumberg. The winner will be presented with the rotating trophy, contributed by Bilzin Sumberg, and maintain bragging rights to the title: “Best Closer in the County” along with published recognition.

The entry fee is $150 per competitor, with a $25 discount per competitor if three competitors from the same firm participate. Registration may be completed online.

The event information is as follows:

Co-Chairs:           David Gersten and Jane Muir

Date:                     Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time:                    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location:             University of Miami School of Law

Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Gwen S. Cherry and H.T. Smith Law Student Fellowships at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

If students would like to volunteer, they should go to the website to sign up.  Volunteers will gain free access to the event and will have a chance to mingle with judges and attorneys throughout the day.




Law Student Passes for Upcoming Seminar From Sterling Education Services, Inc. on Landlord-Tenant Law

Sterling Educational Services, Inc. (Sterling) would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to an upcoming seminar as an introduction to their company. Sterling is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. Please visit us online for information on our company.

They are holding a Landlord-Tenant Law:  How to Prosper in the New Market seminar in Tampa, Florida on July 8, 2014  and would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to this seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys.

Students who wish to register can call 715-855-0495 or register online. Only current law students may take advantage of these passes and MUST provide their student id number or other proof of enrollment in order to register. All students must be pre-registered; no walk-ins will be allowed.


The SEAFWA 2014 Wildlife Conservation Law Writing Contest



The winning paper will be published in the proceedings of the 68th Annual SEAFWA Conference at the Hilton Sandestin Golf & Resort Spa, Destin, Florida from October 19-22, 2014. The winner will receive up to $1,500 to help defray travel expenses to attend the conference and present the paper.

Participants may select their own topic relating to Wildlife Conservation Law or choose from any of the following topics:

  • Constitutional Issues Relating to State Regulation of Hunting and Fishing
  • Recent Criminal Law Issues Related to Regulation of Hunting and Fishing
  • State Sovereign Immunity or Liability for Damages Caused by Wildlife
  • Native American fishing and hinting rights/privileges, including jurisdictional issues involving enforcement of State wildlife regulations against Indian Tribal members
  • Issues of Fish and Wildlife Regulation Arising Under the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Lacey Act or other Federal Law

Papers will be judged by a panel of members of the SEAFWA Legal Committee based on: (1) substantive content (double spaced, 25-page limit); (2) clarity; and (3) style.

Students who attend an ABA-accredited law school in a SEAFWA state or who are legal residents of a SEAFWA state **are eligible. Submit paper no later than August 1, 2014 to:

Harold “Bud” Vielhauer, General Counsel
620 S. Meridian St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399 

*The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is an organization whose members are the state agencies primarily responsible for the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources in the 15 southeastern states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands. Member states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Legal Committee is composed of attorneys representing those members.

For more information on SEAFWA and the annual conference, see the website.

**Contestants must include the name of their attending law school and their state of residency.


Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of six second-year law students. Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

  • Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 26, 2014. Recipients will be announced in early 2015.

This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, among other outreach efforts by Latham’s Diversity Hiring Subcommittee, enhances Latham’s efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Applications can be found here.



Join Duane Morris and the Sports Lawyers Association for Key Issues in the Business of Sports on June 5, 2014

Duane Morris and the Sports Lawyers Association invite you to join them for Key Issues in the Business of Sports. A roundtable discussion with leading executives from professional and collegiate sports, including invited speakers.

Ron Book, President and CEO, Ronald L. Book, P.A.

Marc Weinroth, Assistant General Counsel, University of Miami

Marcus Bach-Armas, Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Miami Dolphins

Derek Jackson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Miami Marlins

Eve Wright, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Executive Office
of the Miami Heat (attendance subject to NBA playoff schedule)

Moderator: Kenneth Shropshire, Duane Morris special counsel, Wharton professor and director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, co-host of the Wharton Sports Business Show on SiriusXM Business Radio, and highly regarded speaker and author on business and legal issues in sports.

When:  Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Where: db Bistro Moderne
JW Marriott Marquis | 255 Biscayne   Boulevard Way
Miami, FL 33131

CLICK HERE to R.S.V.P. by May 29. Questions? Contact Charlise Hyatt at 415.957.3137 or Rick Unger at 215.979.1328.

Registration and Networking: 6:00 p.m. Program: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Reception: 7:30 p.m.

The Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association’s Tampa Bay Chapter Invites You to Attend “The Law Clerk Experience: From Applying to Clerking for a Federal Judge” – A Panel Discussion with Former Federal Judicial Law Clerks

This is a great opportunity for law students, recent law school graduates and lawyers to learn about the federal judicial clerkship application process and the law clerk experience. Panelists will include former judicial law clerks to a Circuit Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, a District Judge and a Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and a Bankruptcy Judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

DATE: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

PLACE: Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse

Jury Assembly Room (3rd Floor)

COST:  Free for Members

If you are planning to attend, please contact Lauren Pilkington so they can ensure adequate seating.

This is a members only event.  Law Students are encouraged to become Law Student Associate members of the FBA in order to attend.

You may request a copy of the FBA membership application by emailing the CDO. You can join the FBA online.



Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. 2nd Annual Law School Scholarship Essay Contest

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are proud to present the 2nd annual Law School Scholarship Essay Contest. Law school students who enter the contest will write one essay. The topic must be chosen from the list of three topics, which are explained in more detail on the website. The topics focus on:

  • Nursing home abuse and negligence;
  • Distracted driving; and
  • Failure to diagnose patients in hospitals and clinics.

The goal is to support students’ educational efforts while raising awareness about these important issues. Read more here.

This scholarship is open to all students 18 years of age or older at an American Bar Association approved institution.

The link to all the scholarship information and rules may be accessed online.  There, the students will be able to download the application form, and view all topics they can write about. First prize is $2,500, second prize is $1,500, third prize is $500, and there will be five honorable mention prizes at $100 each.

The deadline to apply is June 9th 2014.


ASIL and the Women in International Law Interest Group proudly announce the launch of the second year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program. This mentoring program is the first of its kind in the international law arena and is designed to foster a new generation of female international lawyers. The first year was a great success, with mentoring groups operating across the United States, and reaching around the world to Canada, Geneva, The Hague, and London.

The Women in International Law Mentoring Program (WMP) links experienced female international law professionals with female law students and new attorneys interested in professional development in the field of international law. Mentoring takes place in a group setting, with a maximum of four mentees for every mentor. Mentors and mentees meet in person every other month during the course of an academic year to discuss topics and engage in activities designed to help junior women enter and be successful in the beginning years of practicing international law. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

ASIL and the Women in International Law Interest Group strongly encourage potential mentors to join the Program. If you are considering it, please do sign up. It is the mentors who make this program possible, and they do all they can to make it fulfilling and hassle-free.

Participation in the mentoring program this year runs from Fall 2014 through Spring 2015.

To sign up, please fill out a mentor or mentee application form and send via email.

Ask your CDO advisor for an application or visit the CDO and pick one up. The application forms are also available online.

The deadline for mentor applications is July 1, 2014 and for mentee applications is June 15, 2014.

Admissions Position Available at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY

Pace Law School is seeking a seasoned Associate Director of Admissions. The Associate Director will be a dynamic professional who will join the vibrant Pace Law School Admissions’ team. The Associate Director of Admissions will play an integral role in increasing Pace Law School’s reputation for a quality legal education by attracting and enrolling outstanding applicants. The position requires someone with an understanding of the current state of law school admissions and a diverse skill set.

Position Qualifications:  Experience in a higher education administrative setting, preferably in law or graduate school admissions. JD or relevant Master’s degree is highly desirable. Knowledge of enrollment management processes including marketing principles, recruitment and admissions, financial aid practices and “best practices” as defined by the LSAC. Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office, Banner and ACES2 strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral communications skills, an ability to understand and communicate statistical data, strong interpersonal skills, a high level of energy and enthusiasm to contribute to an innovative and fast-paced environment, and the ability to work under pressure to reach institutional goals on recruitment. Recruitment travel is required.

Pace Law School combines a rigorous academic curriculum with experiential learning opportunities. Pace Law School offers a wide range of programs and courses allowing students to pursue a broad and varied curriculum or focus on specialized area of study. The centers, including the Land Use Law Center, Energy and Climate Center and the Center for Environmental Legal Studies are on the cutting edge of environmental law research, policy and innovation. In addition to Environmental Law, signature programs in International Law, Criminal Law and Public Interest Law provide unique learning opportunities for students to take theory into practice throughout the United States and around the world.  The campus is a 35 minute commute from New York City and is located in White Plains, the county seat of Westchester County.  Westchester is home to federal and state courthouses, government agencies, law firms, public interest organizations and many corporate headquarters, providing our students with networking and career opportunities.

Applications will be accepted online.


Attend the “Enhancing Procedural Fairness Roundtable Discussion” on May 15th!

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and the University of Miami School of Law HOPE Public Interest Resource Center invite you to attend the “Enhancing Procedural Fairness Roundtable Discussion.” 

Join us for a roundtable discussion on the topic of procedural fairness and communication in our courts.


LINDA KELLY KEARSON, ESQ., Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida 



THE HONORABLE JEFFERY KREMERS, Milwaukee County Circuit Court

EMILY GOLD, ESQ., Center for Court Innovation

JOHN NEWELL, ESQ., National Judicial College

KELLY E. TAIT, M.A., University of Nevada, Reno 

Date:                     May 15, 2014

Time:                    5:30 p.m.

Place:                    UM School of Law
                               1311 Miller Drive, Room F-108
                               Coral Gables, FL 33146 


Cost:                      FREE

Parking:               Parking is free after 4pm in most lots (6pm in Purple lots). NO PARKING IN BLUE LOTS.